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Police seeking dashcam video of fatal highway collision near Vernon

A close-up of an RCMP vehicle. File / Global News

A fatal highway crash that occurred during the weekend is under investigation by North Okanagan police.

The crash happened Saturday morning, around 8:20 a.m., south of Vernon, at the intersection of Highway 97 and Birnie Road.

RCMP say emergency personnel rushed to the scene, but one of the vehicles involved in the collision, a small Toyota pick-up truck had caught fire and was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived.

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“Sadly, the driver, and lone occupant of the pick-up truck, was pronounced deceased at the scene and has been identified as a 41-year-old Lake Country man,” Vernon North Okanagan RCMP said in a press release.

RCMP say the collision occurred when the northbound pickup truck crossed into southbound traffic, and was struck by the large commercial vehicle.

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Police noted that the driver of the commercial vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Highway 97 was closed for approximately four hours.

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Police said a member of the RCMP’s Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Services (ICARS) team attended to conduct a full examination of the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or has dash-cam video, is asked to contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171.

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